Graphic Novel Review: Martian Manhunter Vol 1: The Epiphany

MARTIAN MANHUNTER VOL. 1: THE EPIPHANY by Rob Williams (Author), Eddy Barrows (Illustrator)

For some time now, the Martian Manhunter has been lost in our world. An alien in every aspect, he has struggled to find his place even after joining the Justice League of America, Justice League United and Stormwatch. Now his past has come back to haunt him as an alien invasion threatens to destroy the world. In order to prove to the world, and to himself, that he is the hero he knows himself to be, the Martian Manhunter must make the ultimate sacrifice. What happens next is truly alien!

The Martian Manhunter has always been a bit like Superman, the last of his race. Though J’onn’s past is a much more traumatic having witnessed the murder of his wife and children and the rest of his race. But this story takes what we know about J’onn and throws in a huge new twist that changes everything.

While I don’t like messing with origin stories, I have to admit that this is a wild and inventive story. I won’t say more, because I’m not fond of spoilers. With plenty of action, suspense, and crazy plot twists – this a very memorable graphic novel. And the artwork fits perfectly with sharp edges and vivid colors. The end leaves off with a huge cliffhanger, so I’ll definitely be picking up the next volume as soon as it’s available.


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